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August 11, 2007

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The Wall Street Journal profiles the longlisted novels for Britain's Man Booker prize.


Tegan and Sara are featured on The Interface at Spinner.


The Wall Street Journal examines recent books that "have recently appeared in which writers are solicited to make their life experience better known to the world."


My Old Kentucky Blog features a couple of in-studio tracks from Sea Wolf.


The Guardian eulogizes Tony Wilson.

The Salford-born journalist brought bands including Joy Division, New Order, the Happy Mondays and James to a wider audience. His record label's pioneering approach to design and architecture also helped kick-start Manchester's transformation into a European cultural centre.


Music critic Ned Raggett has started a blog.


How eclectic is your musical style (at least according to your last.fm profile)?


Gravy Bread has updated its "mega super mammoth" mp3 blog list.


The Northwest Herald interviews Matt Sharp of the Rentals.


Singer-songwriter Bill Callahan talks to the List about performing.

‘I like the physicality of playing live. So much of the writing part is just sitting down. Playing live is like striding through the songs or running or tumbling through them as if they are landscapes, hills, oceans.’


New York magazine's Vulture blog breaks down the soundtrack to the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic.

Jeff Tweedy, "Simple Twist of Fate"
Tweedy sounds great singing anything, but we'd imagine that his ragged baritone is particularly well suited for Blood on the Tracks' emotional centerpiece.


The Sunday Times profiles Simon Alred, lead singer and songwriter for Cherry Ghost.

Bruised hope is Aldred’s speciality: glamour in the gloom, ambition defying disappointment, a sense of adventure surviving the grind. Thirst for Romance combines Lambchop’s soul-country dramatics and Morrissey’s maudlin lyrical élan with the cerebral heartbreak of Wilco, whose song, Theologians, gave Cherry Ghost their name. And it stands up against all three.


LAist interviews Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett.

The Decemberists recently signed to Capitol to produce The Crane Wife. You guys signed to Warner Bros. for More Adventurous in ‘04. Talk about the pro and cons of big name labels for so called indie bands.

The reason we left Saddle Creek is because we weren’t satisfied with their European distribution. We talked to them about having a different label in Europe and they said, No, you can’t. So, we left. But it’s hard to say the pros and cons. In this day and age with all the downloading and the ways records get out to people these days. I mean, shit, bigger labels spend a lot more money on peoples’ records. That’s so far what I’m seeing. This is my first foray into putting out a record on a major label, so, it’s new to me. Our record’s not even out, so it’s hard for me to say. I’ve seen them spend a lot of money, there’s more people on the case. And so far, in terms of interfering with us artistically, they have done it zero times. I’m not saying it’s like that for everybody, but it’s been like that for us. For us, it’s been an altogether pleasant experience, to be honest. There’s been a lot of communication. I get calls back, and it’s a good deal so far. We'll see. As far as the stigma of major labels, I don’t know, man. Saddle Creek is distributed by Warner Bros., don’t shit yourself. All these labels merge…Sub Pop is distributed by Warner Bros., so they’re all tied together. This isn’t a conspiracy theory, it’s a fact.


Film School Rejects lists the five worst scenes from a comic book movie.


WXPN's World Cafe features the Polyphonic Spree with an in-studio performance and interview.


NPR's All Things Considered is holding a songwriting contest to add lyrics to its thee song.


The Scientist examines comic books that help teach science.


Drowned in Sound recaps July's music releases.


MoviesOnline interviews author Neil Gaiman about the film adaptation of his graphic novel, Stardust.

Q: You have a big fandom, like Alan Moore and Frank Miller. Do you see yourself like that?

NEIL GAIMAN: I come out to something like Comic-Con and I get reminded of things like that because you can’t really escape it. You get people coming up at panels, saying "Oh, my God, you are a God man!,” and you go, "Thank you!” Mostly, I think of myself as somebody who tries to figure out what’s happening on the next page. You don’t get up in the morning and go, "I am great!” You get up in the morning and go, "So what the hell is actually going to happen in chapter 6, anyway. I’ve completely lost the plot here, and I need to get back onto it.”


Bend Weekly examines the mental disorders of superheroes.

Superman has commitment issues with Lois Lane, a consequence perhaps of being abandoned by his birth parents and planet. The Hulk, the Thing, Judge Dredd and Wolverine all exhibit anger management problems. The Atom and Doll Man won't grow up. The Silver Surfer won't talk. Galactus, devourer of worlds, has an eating disorder. Two-Face is a poster child for multiple personality disorder.



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